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Chef John's Zabaglione

Rated as 4.41 out of 5 Stars

"In this classic Italian dessert, sweet, juicy fruit is enveloped in a rich but impossibly light custard."
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1 h 20 m servings 221
Original recipe yields 2 servings


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  1. Gently stir the strawberries and sugar together in a bowl. Cover and let sit at room temperature until juices release, about 1 hour.
  2. Divide fruit between 2 small, clear serving bowls or stemmed cocktail glasses.
  3. Place egg yolks, sugar, and marsala into metal mixing bowl. Set over burner on low heat. Hold rim of bowl with a potholder. Whisk until mixture forms loose peaks, 7 or 8 minutes. Mixture should feel warm to the touch.
  4. Spoon custard over the strawberries. Serve while custard is still warm.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Instead of placing the metal mixing bowl over low heat to whisk the custard, you can set the bowl over a pot of slowly simmering water.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 221 calories; 6.7 28.9 4.3 307 15 Full nutrition

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I have never made a custard before, I didn't have a metal bowl so I just used a small sauce pan. It turned out amazing!

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I'm not sure if it was the quality of my marsala or not, but I wasn't really impressed with the taste. (I suspect the marsala because the only marsala I was able to find was the 'cooking marsa...

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I have never made a custard before, I didn't have a metal bowl so I just used a small sauce pan. It turned out amazing!

Those reviewers who said there wasn't enough are doing something wrong. The eggs need to be whisked constantly - without stopping - until the custard is cooked. This puts air into itwhich makes ...

On top of being fast and easy, this was absolutely delicious! I did substitute diluted balsamic vinegar for the wine since I don't drink wine. I used the double boiler method to make the custard...

All time favorite, quick dessert? Probably!! I (and my S.O.) can't get enough of this stuff. He requests nearly every other night as a post-dinner treat! It's great because I always have the ing...

This was so easy and so good! The video shows torching the tops, and I HIGHLY recommend this step (based on the photo, I thought it was a dusting of cinnamon on top). It really adds dimension to...

This is the first time I have ever made a homemade custard. I followed the directions exactly and it was delicious. I will definitely make this again.

will make again!

I make this all the time. People are always impressed, they think it’s something really complicated but it is so easy!!! The only drawback is people always want seconds and I never make enough. ...

Easy to make and my family loved it!!